New Scottish GP recruitment plans to cut workload

November 13, 2017 4:49 am0 comments
New Scottish GP recruitment plans to cut workload

The Scottish government has announced plans to deal with problems in recruiting GPs. They are part of a proposed new contract for the profession, which aims to cut workload and make it easier to run practices. The NHS across the UK is having trouble attracting people to become GPs. Many […]

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Sex unlikely to cause cardiac arrest, study finds

November 12, 2017 5:01 pm0 comments
Sex unlikely to cause cardiac arrest, study finds

Sudden cardiac arrest is associated with sexual activity far more often in men than women, research suggests. But sex is a rare trigger for sudden cardiac arrest. Only 34 out of the 4,557 cardiac arrests examined occurred during or within one hour of sexual intercourse and 32 of those affected […]

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UK most overweight country in Western Europe says OECD

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UK most overweight country in Western Europe says OECD

Britain is the most obese nation in Western Europe, with rates rising faster than any other developed nation. Obesity rates have doubled over the past two decades, and 63% of UK adults are overweight, according to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). Britain is now sixth heaviest – […]

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'I'm dealing with life-threatening situations – but I'm not a clinician, I'm a mum'

November 11, 2017 5:28 pm0 comments
'I'm dealing with life-threatening situations - but I'm not a clinician, I'm a mum'

“She can have up to up to 40 seizures a day – potentially each one could be dangerous.” Hayley Smallman’s 15-year-old daughter Holly has a series of complex, life-limiting health conditions. Her cerebral palsy, chronic lung disease and epilepsy mean she needs 24-hour care at their home in Liverpool. It […]

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Sick baby's treatment 'should continue', High Court told

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Sick baby's treatment 'should continue', High Court told

A mother and father are fighting a High Court battle to stop their eight-month-old son’s life support machine being switched off. Isaiah Hasstrup is brain damaged and dependent on a ventilator to keep him alive at King’s College Hospital, London. Doctors said giving him further treatment was “futile, burdensome and […]

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Did you know you should give under-fives vitamin tablets?

November 10, 2017 5:58 pm0 comments
Did you know you should give under-fives vitamin tablets?

Children between the age of six months and five years should take vitamin A, C and D supplements, government advice says – do you find this surprising? If you do, it seems you’re not alone. Researchers in Wales found only 30% of parents and carers said they had ever been […]

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Cervical cancer jab women will 'only need three smears'

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Cervical cancer jab women will 'only need three smears'

Women vaccinated against human papilloma virus (HPV) – thought to cause about 99% of cervical cancers – may only need three smear tests in their lifetime, a new study suggests. Since 2008, the HPV vaccine has been offered to girls aged 11 to 13. Reported cases of HPV have fallen […]

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Daytime wounds 'heal more quickly'

November 9, 2017 6:33 pm0 comments
Daytime wounds 'heal more quickly'

Wounds heal more quickly if they occur during the day rather than after dark, a study suggests. It found burns sustained at night took an average of 28 days to heal, but just 17 for those that happened in daytime. The team, at the UK’s MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology, […]

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Breast cancer 'can return 15 years after treatment ends'

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Breast cancer 'can return 15 years after treatment ends'

Breast cancer can resurface after remaining dormant for 15 years following successful treatment, a study has found. Women with large tumours and cancer that had spread to the lymph nodes had the highest 40% risk of it coming back. Researchers writing in the New England Journal of Medicine said extending […]

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'Butterfly child' given life-saving skin

November 8, 2017 6:58 pm0 comments
'Butterfly child' given life-saving skin

Media playback is unsupported on your device A child has been given a new genetically modified skin that covers 80% of his body, in a series of lifesaving operations. Hassan, who lives in Germany, has a genetic disease – junctional epidermolysis bullosa – that leaves his skin as fragile as […]

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